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Software giant Microsoft became the largest U.S. company by far to officially move into the green marketplace. The company will keep its distance from the plant, selling cloud-based software for regulators. The software was developed by California start-up Kind.   

I wrote a long story for Pando on the rise and fall of a modern weed dealer. It focuses on Ebbu, a Colorado company, that seeks to create predictable, cannabis-derived products called: Energy, Create, Chill, Giggle and Bliss. It also covers the departure of the company's co-founder Dooma Wendschuh. I worked on the piece for more than a year and hope you find it interesting.
Shortly after the piece came out, Ebbu announced a major step towards inventing its "Feelings." 

A new study found that middle and high school students who use alcohol and marijuana are more likely to perform poorly in school. It linked marijuana use to more problems than alcohol. (See here for more.)

In Colorado, concentrate and edible sales are way up over last year. Flower retail sales grew a comparably modest 11 percent.

Three of the six potential ballot questions Arkansas may decide in November involve the plant. Two are MED bills. One’s a REC bill.

The Associated Press has an update on the Montana MED case.  Pro-access activists want to take their case against a restrictive MED law to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court has not yet decided whether to hear it.

More than a dozen people turned up in Toronto court to  begin contesting charges  stemming from recent raids. They called the charges “ridiculous” and a waste of money for a country that is moving to legalize next year. Canada's liberal NDP party called for  immediate decriminalization .

New Jersey state senator Nick Scutari (D) returned from a fact-finding trip to Colorado more convinced than ever that legalization is the way to go. Despite an earlier promise, he did not try the drug and says he never has. writer Susan Livio has a column on what it would take for the Garden State to legalize. Number 1: Replace Gov. Chris Christie (R).


At least 26 U.S. Senators are “ dedicated to marijuana prohibition,” according to the Extract (based on NORML’s ratings.)  

Sonoma County police raided five properties associated with the well-known brands Absolute Xtracts and Care By Design. They arrested Dennis Franklin Hunter, 43, who they say is an owner and has a history of evading arrest. Cops said the operation “appeared to use illegal and hazardous production methods and was in violation of a variety of city codes.” A company spokesman said the business is legal and follows state law on extraction procedure.

Initially held on $5 million bail, Hunter was released and no charges have been filed. The company is reportedly preparing to resume operations.

The group representing food officials nationwide  may ask the FDA for guidance  on edibles. Colorado  banned infused gummies  in the shape of people, animals or fruit.

Nobody seems to know why the federal government is pursuing Oregon 19-year old Devontre Thomas on a possession charge.

The new journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research promises to be the only peer-reviewed publication on MED and its applications.

TechCrunch profiled Confident Cannabis, an online marketplace that has raised $3 million. Media company BurnTV raised $2 million.

CNBC did a feature on Jane, a cash-management company for dispensaries and customers. A Facebook alum has started a cannabis gum company. Another company makes cannabis-infused toothpaste and mouthwash.

Canadian MED company Tilray became the first in North America to legally export MED to Europe. The destination was Croatia. 

Hawaii MED activist Mike Ruggles, who faces criminal charges, has  filed suit to stop state-licensed dispensaries  from opening. The suit claims that such businesses violate federal racketeering laws. 

“The state cannot license people to break federal law and that’s exactly what they’ve done with these dispensaries,” it reads. “How does California do it? You’ll notice Act 228 (Hawaii’s medical marijuana law passed in 2000) mirrors California’s medical marijuana law word for word. Dispensaries in California are not regulated, and that’s how they get around (federal law). You see, the state cannot give citizens a license to break federal law. What they can do is ignore federal law being broke.”

The Boston Globe profiles Stephen Mandile, a 37-year old veteran who quit opiates with help from MED. “Medical marijuana, which is not toxic, doesn’t kill anybody, is supposed to be this dangerous gateway drug into a life of addiction,” he said. “I used it as an exit drug.”

In a case called the first of its kind, a Denver MED dispensary won reversal of a denied REC license. Canna Law Blog has the details.

Florida is dealing with lawsuits following its selection of MED licensees. According to Cannabis Wire it has already spent $276,000 responding to those suits.

The pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance released its report on the first months of New York’s MED program. The ACLU endorsed the most prominent of the California REC initiatives.

ATTN: interviewed legalization opponent Kevin Sabet.

Can cannabis users give blood? The short answer is yes. Life insurance underwriters aren’t too tough on cannabis users.

Black Enterprise interviewed Tanganyika Daniel, a veteran and founder of the skincare line Jayn Green. The Orange County Register  gives tips  on joining the industry.

An American woman is suing Customs and Border Protection after they subjected the 18-year old to an invasive seven-hour drug search, and presented her with a $575 hospital bill. She was returning to Arizona at the Nogales crossing and the search did not turn up any contraband. 

The Austin American Statesman investigates the “no knock” searches police use for drug busts. Salon has a piece on a family separated by low-level convictions.

The DEA wants access to millions of medical records in order to monitor prescription drug use. More users than ever score drugs on the dark web.

A new petition asks for industrial hemp to be removed from the list of controlled substances.

A new Colorado anti-DUI ad attempts to demonstrate marijuana’s effect on reaction time.

Mendocino County, Calif. will be divided into marijuana-growing appellations to protect and capitalize on the area’s deep ties to cannabis cultivation. The program is similar to the system France uses to classify wine. The county will have 11 micro-regions.

NORML’s Paul Armentano had a piece in The Hill on why cannabis should be descheduled.

The New York State Assembly passed a bill that would seal records of certain minor pot convictions.

Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo is likely to be tried in Brooklyn.

Eugene Monroe, the only active NFL player to call for access to MED, was cut by the Baltimore Ravens. But The Denver Post says the league is interested in CBD.

An undocumented Mexican national was sentenced to 97 months for growing thousands of plants on state lands. A Utah man has been charged with killing his weed dealer’s wife. 

The Netherlands’ Justice Minister has  no plans to legalize Authorities in Fiji uprooted more than 30,000 plants in raids.

One patient  had a hard time getting MED  in California.

The cannabis internet got excited about an ad for Black Magic soil aired during the NBA Finals. Some felt it targets cannabis growers. 

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